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Spotlight On: Support Groups

Published August 6, 2014

Have you experienced a spinal cord injury—or are caring for someone who has? Do you have osteoporosis or aphasia? You may benefit from one of Burke’s many support groups.

Support groups bring together people facing similar issues, whether that's illness, injury or other major life changes. Members of support groups often share experiences and advice. It offers a forum to meet and network with others sharing the same challenges.

A Burke sponsored support group can help you to better cope and feel less isolated as you make connections with others facing similar challenges. These groups bring together former patients and community members that share a certain issue. Some of Burke's support groups have been formed by community members with the same condition or by someone interested in it, such as a family member. In some cases, support groups are organized by nonprofit organizations. Others are provided by Burke staff members, who are considered experts in a particular area of healthcare.

Benefits of participating in support groups:

  • Feeling less lonely or isolated
  • Social interaction in a safe environment
  • Sense of empowerment
  • Improved coping skills
  • Venue to speak openly and honestly about your feelings
  • Reduction in stress, depression or anxiety
  • Better understanding of what to expect with your situation
  • Information about new medical research
  • Opportunity to gain information about treatment options

Our support groups include:

  • ALS Support Group
  • Amputee Support Group
  • Aphasia Support Group
  • Osteoporosis Awareness Group
  • Pulmonary Support Group
  • Spinal Cord Injury Support Group
  • Stroke Support Group
  • Traumatic Brain Injury Support Group for Survivors and Caregivers
  • Well Spouse Groups
  • Young Onset Parkinson's

Click here to learn more, including meeting days and times, of each support group.  

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